Clay Jewelry and Artwork
Here are a few of the things I've made with polymer clay.
This is a large quartz crystal point, which I have set in clay. I molded the clay around the crystal then carved a feather shape around it.
This is a Mayan Calendar wall plaque. First I created a thick round base, then I carved out the glyphs and embedded various gemstones for each time period. The sun rays at the center reach out and touch each gemstone. I chose the gemstones for each glyph based on what I had available to me and matched them up with what I knew about the meaning of each glypyh and its characteristics. So this is not exact science but my artistic expression of it.
This is a small wall plaque with my rendition of the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah. I started with plain white clay, embedded colored glass cabochons and carved out the symbols based on pictures I have seen. Finally I antiqued it with a wash of brown acrylic to make it look like an ancient clay tablet.
This is the back side of a round mirror that I removed from an old compact of Maybelline face powder. It has an amber glass cabochon in sun rays over an Egyptian hieroglyph background.
Clay beads made by molding the clay around a thick nail. I started with white clay, and antiqued them with a brown acrylic wash.
This pendant example shows the bare white clay before and after finishing. After curing the clay I painted it with alcohol inks and acrylic paint and gave it a final bake to set the paint. This one is holding a Sodalite gemstone.
This pendant contains a Prehnite gemstone set in brown clay, and embellished with other pre-colored clay in greens and browns.
This is a quartz crystal point set in black clay, and finsihed with Rub 'n Buff Metallic Silver Leaf. This is an example of reverse-antiquing; the color is on the raised portions of the clay and recessed areas remain black, resulting in an oxidized silver look.
This pendant was made using multiple shades of brown clay. A turquoise cabochon is inset in the center.
This is a Labradorite cabochon set in brown clay which was shaped, carved and finally antiqued in a black acrylic wash.
This piece started with a white clay base and I added decorative elements that I made from precolored clay.
It is my rendition of the sea floor; with little barnacles and shells and other sea creatures.
There is a tiny quartz crystal point cluster embedded in the center.
These pendants were made by setting Turquoise stones in white clay then finishing with a brown antique wash.
These are finger rings and earrings made from black clay. After forming and carving the design and curing, I added a gold acrylic wash which settles into the recessed areas of the design.
This is a Quartz Crystal point with New Zealand Paua shell in copper clay.
"Copper clay" gets its look from pigment dyes and mica powder; it does not contain any copper metal in it.
Quartz crystal set in white clay finished with light brown antiquing
Labradorite in white clay finished with brown antiquing
Yellow Jasper set in copper clay
Black clay with gold and silver acrylic paint
Amazonite in brown clay with black wash
This is an amber glass cabochon set in black clay
Rooster Tail Agate from Durango Mexico, set in brown clay with black antique wash
Critter holding quartz crystal, with matching clay necklace clasp
Prehnite tusk with sodalite, amythyst and lapis lazuli inset in clay, front and back side
Quartz crystal point with Lapis Lazuli inset, necklace finished weith matching clay beads with Lapis and Sodalite stone spacer beads
Quartz crystal point with Labradorite inset in clay, with silver, Amazonite and Jasper heishi beads
Petrified Palm stone cabochon set in brown clay
Wonderstone Jasper set in copper clay
Turquoise set in white clay with brown antiquing
Plume Agate with dendrites in antiqued white clay base with brown clay flowers and leaves
Sea Floor series with embedded seashells and crystals. The "barnacles" were molded with clay.
Reversible Tree series. I made some with a night time scene on one side and daylight on the other; some were winter on one side with spring or summer on the reverse side.
Turquoise turtle set in copper clay, with carnelian and turquoise beaded necklace.
Blue glass cabochon in black clay finished with metallic mica powder
Amber glass cabochon in brown clay
Petrified Palm Tree cabochon from Wyoming, set in copper clay
American seashell and New Zealand Paua shell in copper clay
Prehnite tusk in brown clay with Jade inset
Cabochon made with mica flakes in Resin, set in black clay finished with mica powder
This is a piece of black clay that I formed into a bezel (a pendant tray) and filled it with wristwatch parts, a little fuse and other mini doodads and what nots for a steampunk look. I covered them with resin to hold them in place so it resembles a funky piece of glass.